Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 19
  2. Negative: 12 out of 19

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  1. The reason basketball is such a great spectator sport isn't because of its opportunities for razzle-dazzle editing and direction. It's because the game is kinetic enough without all that swoosh/zap/wham business.
  2. 50
    A decent example of Sidekick Cinema: a movie to glance up at from time to time while you download ring tones or text-message your friends.
  3. While director-screenwriter Preston A. Whitmore II's film is to be admired for its proponing the values of a higher education over the dream of a career in the NBA, its dialogue, characterizations and situations rarely transcend the level of cliche.
  4. A film made by people with more heart than skill.
  5. Crossover skimps on court-level pyrotechnics (we get a game in the beginning and, of course, a big game at the end, and that's about it) in favor of dry urban melodrama.
  6. 40
    As they pursue their goals, no movie cliché is left unturned. The streetball scenes offer some nifty trick plays, but the rest of Crossover features poorly dressed sets, cheap-looking costumes and locations, and silly histrionics.
  7. Just a few more tweaks and Crossover could have been something special -- a truly terrible movie to savor for the ages. But nooo, this street ball movie -- has to settle for middle-of-the-road badness.
  8. 38
    The streetball scenes, much like the plot, have a few high points but never hit their stride.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Much as they would like it to, basketball can't save the youthful inner-city players here. Nor does the ultra-fast-paced street version of the sport save this movie from predictability and tedium.
  10. So badly conceived and executed, its good intentions don't help.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Earnest and predictable, Crossover deserves more than the horselaughs that will probably greet it in theaters -- but not a lot more. The movie is harmless, which is both its strength and its weakness.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Overshadowed by vastly superior sports movies like Invincible and hardly disguising its low-budget sources, pic isn't in any kind of shape for the theatrical leagues.
  13. Crossover has one redeeming quality: a heart that's in the right place. It's a bad movie with a good message -- but does anyone really want to pay $10 for an ABC After School Special version of "He Got Game"?
  14. 25
    Crossover doesn't have the competence to make it exciting or the desire to explore what's really at stake for these players.
  15. Tries hard but never makes the leap.
  16. 20
    A real air ball, this lethargic drama by Preston A. Whitmore II is so poorly scripted that most of the major plot developments occur offscreen.
  17. 12
    The entire movie seems to have about the same budget as a 30-second sneaker commercial. I'm not talking Nike, either. I'm talking a commercial for Steve's Second-Hand Sneaker World and Falafel Emporium that you'd see on NY1 News at 3:08 a.m.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 3 out of 3
  1. Mar 2, 2014
    So bad I wanted to gouge my eyes out. I hate when people make a movie just because they can. You should only make a movie if you have a goodSo bad I wanted to gouge my eyes out. I hate when people make a movie just because they can. You should only make a movie if you have a good plot good characters, etc, etc Full Review »
  2. [Anonymous]
    Sep 1, 2006
    So bad its harmful and makes you hate black movies, it makes me ashamed to be black.
  3. RandyJ.
    Aug 31, 2006
    A retarded attempt to match up to films like Coach Carter. It is just utterly stupid and annoying. Its like watching Simon Cowell dance for 2 hours.